Carrie Newbold graduated with an Honours degree in Medical Engineering in 2000 and has been working on cochlear implant electrodes ever since. Her early work at the CRC for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation involved researching material biocompatibilities, evaluating electrode designs and patient outcomes with existing devices. Carrie followed this with a PhD on the development and use of an in vitro
model of the electrode-tissue interface. The model assessed the effects of proteins and cells on electrode impedance, as well as how electrical stimulation affects these factors.
Carrie moved to Cochlear Ltd in Sydney and her research work involved mid- to long-term electrode technologies. In this time, she also worked as Cochlear's Innovation Manager, developing, training and supporting the use of innovation tools and techniques for Cochlear Design and Development team.
Carrie returned to Melbourne and the HEARing CRC in 2009. She was Project Leader of the Biosafety and Electro-neural interface projects from 2009 to 2014. Carrie is now leading a project on Interface Optimisation and Assessment for the next five years for the HEARing CRC.